If you can't get enough of brash analyst Charles Barkley on TNT's NBA telecasts, you're in luck. Barkley will be part of CBS' and Turner Sports' NCAA men's basketball coverage as the two broadcast entities combine rosters in providing national coverage of all the tournament games for the first time.
Barkley and fellow TNT analyst Kenny Smith will join CBS' Greg Anthony as studio analysts from New York with hosts Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, who will share hosting duties. TNT's Reggie Miller and Seth Davis will join the New York studio rotation for the second week. A second studio show in Atlanta will be hosted by Matt Winer with Davis and Steve Smith.
Sean McManus, president of CBS News and CBS Sports, said he was glad to add Barkley, whom he called “opinionated and incredibly enthusiastic,” to the broadcast team.
“Charles is excited about it. He's obviously a student of the game. He loves the game of college basketball.”
TNT game analyst Steve Kerr also will join CBS' lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz, analyst Clark Kellogg and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson for the first game on March 15 on truTV and the Final Four on CBS. Gus Johnson, Len Elmore and reporter Craig Sager will broadcast the “First Four” games on truTV on March 16.
“Our goal was to take the best of CBS and blend in the best of Turner,” McManus said.
CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV will combine to provide national coverage of all 67 games for the first time as part of a new 14-year agreement with the NCAA.
The NCAA announcer teams for the second and third rounds will be Nantz-Kellogg, Marv Albert-Kerr, Verne Lundquist-Bill Raftery, Gus Johnson-Len Elmore, Kevin Harlan-Miller-Dan Bonner, Ian Eagle-Jim Spanarkel, Tim Brando-Mike Gminski and Spero Dedes-Bob Wenzel.
Sideline reporters will be Wolfson, Sager, Lesley Visser, David Aldridge, Sam Ryan and Marty Snider.